VOBS Request For Proposal: Voyageur Start 2019

Voyageur Outward Bound School Request For Proposal

(Schools and Nonprofits)

Voyageur Start 2019

Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) is pleased to announce a bold funding initiative for our community, our youth and our young adults:  Voyageur Start 2019.

VOBS seeks to partner with Minnesota schools and youth-serving non-profits to develop student leadership through experiential education.

We believe everyone has a right to dream, to find strength and to succeed on their own terms.

Outward Bound’s mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery. Our vision is a more resilient and compassionate world, with more resilient and compassionate citizens. We support students and their communities with ethical leadership and relevant character development. Our students are crew not passengers and they learn by doing new and challenging things together, in urban and wilderness environments. We pursue shared goals.

With Voyageur Start funding, Outward Bound aims to help organizations develop skills for life in their students. Thanks to Voyageur Start, we can partner with your school or nonprofit to serve your social-emotional goals and objectives for student growth.

Why “Voyageur?”

 Who were the voyageurs? Hard-working, unconventional, bold and open-minded, these First Nation, Metis and French travelers navigated the waterways of Minnesota and beyond. They had deep knowledge of nature and canoe craft, lived for adventure and had a culture and community all their own. Voyageur spirit is alive here in Minnesota at Voyageur Outward Bound School. While on trail, voyageurs had a tradition of launching their birch bark canoes in the dark, before first light. They wanted to travel farther faster. This ambitious tactic is known as the “Voyageur Start,” and it is still practiced by our students. We want to go farther faster, together. We have ambitious goals to serve your students and to make a difference in our community. This is the spirit of the Voyageur Start 2019.

Application Directions:

  • Prospective partners should review, complete and return the following application to [email protected] no later than May 1, 2019.
  • VOBS will review applications after May 1 and make funding offers by May 15.
  • Please visit https://www.vobs.org/programs/groups/ or https://vobs.org/blog/ for more information on our partner programs and our impact.
  • Your contact for more information about Voyageur Start funding is Marlais Brand, Outreach Manager. Please reach out to her at [email protected] or (651)-401-0641 if you have questions.

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